Podcast 102: Teacher Anxiety, Stress and Mental Health


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Mental Health

Joshua McGovern

Joshua McGovern has been working with Teacher Toolkit since March 2018. He is responsible for our Soundcloud and iTunes channels and is the production manager for podcasts. He has a degree in Music Production and is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University. Aside from working...
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How can we support our teaching profession?

Our 104th interview is with Sinéad Mc Brearty, CEO of Education Support – the only UK charity that supports the wellbeing and mental health of education staff.

Education Support published the 2020 Teacher Wellbeing Index in November. Amongst their findings, they found a sharp increase in symptoms of poor mental health and stress levels, as well as working hours undertaken by education staff. As a result, 52% of education professionals have considered leaving the sector in the last 2 years due to pressures on their mental health and wellbeing.

In this podcast, listen to Sinéad and Teacher Toolkit founder, Ross McGill discuss:

  • What a typical workday consists of as CEO
  • Sinéad’s ambitions at 16 years old and her career progression
  • Why she wants to see accountability culture change in education
  • Anxiety, stress, and mental health challenges rising education (Teacher Wellbeing Index)
  • The importance of feeling appreciated 
  • Why more than half of education staff are thinking about leaving the profession, and
  • The clear message a ‘no pay rise’ sends to all teachers!

Listen to the podcast (46 minutes)

Remember, our podcast is available on iTunes!

You can connect with Sinead on Twitter and find out how Educaiton Support can support you.


3 thoughts on “Podcast 102: Teacher Anxiety, Stress and Mental Health

  1. Hey! No matter what your job is, you should not forget to rest. Stress is the cause of many diseases, so it is important to find time to relax. I personally practice daily meditations and feel much better because of it 🙂

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